Punjab govt forms JIT to probe Model Town tragedy

LAHORE: The government of Punjab on Thursday formed a five-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe Model Town tragedy.

According to details, the Capital City Police Office (CCPO) Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema will lead the JIT, while one each officer from Inter Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence will be included in team.

Moreover, two members of SP and DSP ranks to be named by Inspector General Punjab, will also be part of JIT.

On the other side, the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has rejected the JIT and claimed that government did not consult the party over the formation of the investigation team.

Dr Tahirul Qadri led PAT has also clarified that it would not accept any head of JIT from Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh provinces.

Fourteen people had been killed on June 17 as a result of clashes between PAT workers and police when the law enforces had reached the Minhaj ul Quran secretariat to remove barricades.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, some ministers from the Punjab and the federal cabinet, police and administrative officers had been nominated in the Model Town FIR.

The Punjab government had suspended Rana Sanaullah as its law minister after the tragedy.